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Camille Cosby pictured outside court before invoking spousal privilege and refusing to answer questions in seven-hour deposition for husband's defamation case {F}

Former D.A. Who Struck Non-Prosecution Agreement With Bill Cosby For 2004 Sexual Assault Of Andrea Constand Testifies To Barring New D.A. From Pursuing Further Legal Action (Video)

Cosby's lawyers objected to questions, invoking spousal privilege, more than a dozen times her testimony

  • Camille Cosby, 71, gave testimony in Bill's defamation case
  • Attorney said she was very 'reserved' and answered just a few questions
  • She claimed her conversation with Bill Cosby are 'confidential' under law 
  • Judge denied an emergency motion to delay her deposition
  • Seven women accused Bill Cosby of defaming them by branding them liars
  • They said he sexually assaulted them decades ago

Lawyers for the seven women who have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault have described the testimony given by the comedian's wife Camille as intensely 'reserved'.

'I get the sense she didn't want to be there,' Joseph Cammarata, the plaintiffs' attorney said of the 71-year-old, adding that she will return on March 14 for the second part of the deposition which she tried and failed to prevent. 

Cammarata said Cosby's lawyers objected to questions, invoking spousal privilege, more than a dozen times during Monday's deposition for his clients' defamation lawsuit. The attorneys had to call the judge twice for rulings.

Cosby's lawyers objected to questions, invoking spousal privilege, more than a dozen times her testimony

Cosby's lawyers objected to questions, invoking spousal privilege, more than a dozen times her testimony

Plaintiffs attorney Joseph Cammarata (centre) said Cosby will return on March 14 for the second part of the deposition which she tried and failed to prevent

Plaintiffs attorney Joseph Cammarata (centre) said Cosby will return on March 14 for the second part of the deposition which she tried and failed to prevent

The seven women suing Cosby for defamation are among the 50 women who have publicly accused Bill Cosby (left) of raping them, often after plying them with alcohol or drugs

The seven women suing Cosby for defamation are among the 50 women who have publicly accused Bill Cosby (left) of raping them, often after plying them with alcohol or drugs

The closed-door session was conducted under tight scrutiny at a Massachusetts hotel for nearly seven hours, but by the day's end Cosby had answered questions for just 2.5 hours.

Her lawyers argued she has no information that would be relevant to the lawsuit and that her conversations with her husband are confidential under the law.

Camille has staunchly defended her husband despite the dozens of sexual-assault allegations against him.

Security was incredibly tight for the woman's protection, with guards stationed at every entrance and a curtain and no entry sign hanging in front of the room she was in.  

Two four-person teams of lawyers squared off against each other as Camille Cosby sat at one end of a long rectangular table, opposite a videographer, NBC reported 

The deposition went forward despite a last-minute plea by the couple's lawyers to spare her from answering questions . 

Cosby had filed the motion which stated the court appearance would 'serve no purpose other than to harass and embarrass her'. But a federal judge ruled that Cosby's deposition had to go ahead. 

The seven women suing Cosby for defamation are among the 50 women who have publicly accused Bill, who is best known for his role as the father in the 1980s television hit The Cosby Show, of raping them, often after plying them with alcohol or drugs.

Most of the alleged crimes date too far back to be prosecuted. But just days before the statute of limitations was to expire, Pennsylvania officials late last year charged Cosby with sexually assaulting a woman in 2005. 


Lawyer for women in Cosby case discusses Camille's deposition
Bill Cosby's wife finished hours of answering questions under oath in a Massachusetts defamation lawsuit filed against him by seven accusers.

Bill Cosby's wife finished hours of answering questions under oath in a Massachusetts defamation lawsuit filed against him by seven accusers.

Cosby had filed the motion which stated the court appearance would 'serve no purpose other than to harass and embarrass her'. But a federal judge ruled that Cosby's deposition had to go ahead.

Cosby had filed the motion which stated the court appearance would 'serve no purpose other than to harass and embarrass her'. But a federal judge ruled that Cosby's deposition had to go ahead.

Cosby, who denies any wrongdoing, accused the women of conspiring to ruin his now-cancelled entertainment projects 

Cosby, who denies any wrongdoing, accused the women of conspiring to ruin his now-cancelled entertainment projects 

Tamara Green filed the Massachusetts lawsuit in December 2014. She was later joined by six other women who say Cosby sexually assaulted or abused them and defamed them by calling them liars. 

Cosby, who denies any wrongdoing, then countersued, accusing the women of conspiring to ruin his now-cancelled entertainment projects and insisted they made up their stories of abuse. 

Although Camille's deposition is for a civil case, anything she says could be used in a criminal prosecution.  

'We're hoping to learn about issues important to the case involving his relationship with her and his relationship with other women and his relationship with the business,' Cammarata said before the deposition. 

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Bill Cosby Criminal Charges Dismissed In Playboy Model And Teenage Girl Sexual Assault Cases

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby, center, arrives for a court appearance Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, in Norristown, Pa. Cosby was arrested and charged with drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home in January 2004.

The former district attorney who declined a decade ago to bring sex-crime charges against Bill Cosby testified Tuesday that he believes his decision forever bars his successors from prosecuting the comedian.

Former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor took the stand as part of a bid by Cosby's lawyers to get the case against the TV star thrown out because of what they say is a non-prosecution agreement from Castor.

The current district attorney has said there is no record of any such agreement.

Cosby, 78, was arrested and charged in December with drugging and violating former Temple University athletic department employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004. He could get up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Andrea Constand

Castor said Tuesday that he believed Constand was violated but that proving it would have been problematic because of serious flaws in the case, and so he declined to bring charges in 2005.

He said that he made the decision as a representative of the state — as "the sovereign," as he put it, over and over — and that it would last in perpetuity.

"For all time, yes," Castor said when pressed.

And he suggested that Cosby and his lawyer at the time had the same understanding, because Cosby later agreed to testify without invoking his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in a lawsuit brought against him by Constand.

"Cosby would've had to have been nuts to say those things if there was any chance he could've been prosecuted," Castor said, referring to the damaging testimony unsealed last summer.

Castor said he hoped, correctly, at the time that the decision not to prosecute would free the comedian to testify in the lawsuit and help Constand win damages. She eventually settled for an undisclosed amount.

The former DA said he "wanted there to be some measure of justice" for Constand, explaining, "I thought making Mr. Cosby pay money was the best I was going to be able to set the stage for."

He added: "I was hopeful that I had made Ms. Constand a millionaire."

He said he relayed word to Cosby's then-attorney, Walter Phillips, that Cosby would not be charged. However, Castor said the two lawyers did not have "an agreement" that Cosby would testify in exchange for not being prosecuted.

Phillips is now dead.

Kevin Steele, the newly elected DA who is pursuing the case, has said Cosby would need an immunity agreement in writing to get the case thrown out. He has said he has no evidence one exists.

While Castor was called as witness by Cosby's side, the former DA said he is rooting for the prosecution.

"I'm not on your team here," Castor told Cosby lawyer Brian McMonagle. "I want them to win."

In a barrage of allegations that have destroyed Cosby's image as America's Dad, dozens of women have accused the former TV star of drugging and sexually assaulting them since the 1960s. But this is the only case in which he has been charged.

The unsealing of the testimony from Constand's lawsuit prompted Castor's successors to reopen the case and ultimately charge Cosby.

Cosby admitted in the deposition that he had affairs with young models and actresses, that he obtained quaaludes to give to women he wanted to have sex with and that he gave Constand three pills at his home. He said he reached into her pants but insisted it was consensual.

Castor defended his decision not to bring charges, testifying that he saw Constand's year-long delay in reporting the allegations, inconsistencies in her statements and her contact with a lawyer before going to police as problematic.

Castor said Constand's delay was of "enormous significance" in his consideration of the case. He said it thwarted his ability to test her hair or fingernails for evidence she was drugged.

Still, Castor said, he investigated the case thoroughly because he wanted to show authorities in Constand's native Canada that celebrities don't get preferential treatment in America.

Anne Poulin, a law professor at Villanova University, said the defense has a high bar to meet to get the case thrown out early on. But "if they can win without this ever going to trial, then they've done their client a big service."

It was not immediately clear when Common Pleas Judge Steven T. O'Neill would rule.

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Camille Cosby Ordered To Testify In Defamation Suit Against Bill Cosby

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday that it would not pursue sexual assault charges against Bill Cosby, saying investigators had decided that any criminal charges based on the complaints of two women there were blocked by the statute of limitations or lacked sufficient evidence.

In one of the cases, Chloe Goins, a model, had said Mr. Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her at a party at the Playboy Mansion in 2008. Investigators, who identified Ms. Goins only as “Jane Doe #2” in their report, said the deadline for misdemeanor charges in that case had expired and that there was insufficient evidence for felony charges.
Ms. Goins had said the party happened sometime in the summer of 2008, but Mr. Cosby did not appear on any guest list at the mansion during that period, the investigators said.
In addition, a potentially corroborating witness she had identified, a girlfriend she said was with her at the party, told investigators that she did not know Ms. Goins.
“After evaluating all potential charges, there is insufficient evidence to prove these crimes beyond a reasonable doubt,” the investigators’ report said.
Mr. Cosby was charged last month in Montgomery County, Pa., in a case involving another woman. Los Angeles County was the only other place known to have been investigating possible criminal charges against him.
Christopher Tayback, a lawyer for Mr. Cosby, said the legal team was satisfied that prosecutors had “fully and fairly evaluated all the facts and evidence and came to the right conclusion.”
Ms. Goins has also filed a lawsuit against Mr. Cosby. Her lawyer, Spencer T. Kuvin, said she was disappointed and would proceed with the civil case.
Prosecutors cited the statute of limitations in declining to bring charges in the case of a second woman, who had said Mr. Cosby had assaulted her in a Hollywood Hills home in 1965.
Mr. Cosby has denied the accusations of sexual assault made against him by dozens of women.

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Bill Cosby Vows To Fight "Unjustified" Sexual Assault Charge. Faces Up To 10 Years In Prison If Convicted. Free On 1Million Bail (Video/Mug Shot)

Camille Cosby, left, has been ordered to testify in a defamation suit against her husband.
Camille Cosby will be required to give a deposition in a defamation suit brought by seven women against her husband, Bill Cosby, a Massachusetts judge decided Thursday.
The lawsuit accuses the comedian of portraying the women as liars in the press after they publicly shared allegations that Cosby engaged in sexual misconduct. The suit, which was first filed in December 2014 by Linda Traitz, Tamara Green and Therese Serignese, gained four more plaintiffs -- Louisa Moritz, Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis and Angela Leslie -- in November. Bill Cosby has countersued, arguing the women's allegations hurt his career.
The judge, U.S. Magistrate Judge David H. Hennessy, denied Camille Cosby's motion to quell a subpoena for her deposition due in part to her role as her husband's business manager, The Boston Globe reported. It is "at least plausible that Mrs. Cosby is in possession of information" relevant to the case, the 12-page ruling read. Camille Cosby had argued that conversations between herself and her husband were private.
In the past year, more than 50 women have come forward to accuse Bill Cosby of incidents of sexual assault or misconduct. He has steadfastly denied all of them.
The judge's ruling came just one day after Cosby turned himself in to authorities on an aggravated indecent assault charge based on the accusations of Andrea Constand -- the first criminal charges against the 78-year-old comedian despite years of hushed accusations. Constand described taking an "herbal pill" at the comedian's home that made her feel "paralyzed" before Cosby guided her to his couch, where he forcibly placed her hand on his penis and sexually assaulted her in 2004. She had been invited to visit under the pretense of discussing her career.
If convicted on the assault charge, Cosby could be sentenced to five to 10 years in prison.
On New Year's Eve, the embattled comedian took to Twitter to thank his supporters in his first public comment since being charged with sexual assault.

Camille is scheduled to testify Jan. 6, while Bill Cosby's next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 14. 

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{VIDEO} Bill Cosby appears in court to face sex assault charges: Comedian stumbles, without his wife as he's released on 1Mill bail

Bill Cosby charged with sexual assault on Andrea Constand at his mansion in 2004This booking photograph released by the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office shows Bill Cosby, who was arrested and charged Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, in district court in Elkins Park, Pa., with aggravated indecent assault. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home in January 2004.

(CNN) Hours after he set foot in a Pennsylvania courtroom to face sexual assault charges, Bill Cosby's attorneys called the criminal case against him "unjustified" and vowed to fight it.

"The charge by the Montgomery County District Attorney's office came as no surprise, filed 12 years after the alleged incident and coming on the heels of a hotly contested election for this county's DA during which this case was made the focal point," Cosby's attorneys said in a statement released after his arraignment Wednesday. "Make no mistake, we intend to mount a vigorous defense against this unjustified charge and we expect that Mr. Cosby will be exonerated by a court of law."

Cosby, whose legacy as a comedian has been tarnished by multiple accusations of sexual assault, faces three felony charges of aggravated indecent assault in the case, which is tied to a 2004 accusation in Montgomery County.

He looked down and was guided as he walked into a small courtroom. The judge set his bail at $1 million and ordered him to surrender his passport. Cosby did not enter a plea.

Following the brief arraignment, Cosby went to the police station in Cheltenham Township, where he was booked per protocol. Cosby posted bail and left the police station.

These are the first charges levied against Cosby since the allegations first arose. Cosby has steadfastly denied any wrongdoing.

After looking at all the evidence in the 2004 allegations, prosecutors decided to charge Cosby "because it was the right thing to do," Montgomery County prosecutor Kevin Steele said.

The district attorney, who was elected to his post last month, did not name the victim, but the accusations he announced parallel the allegations made by former Temple University employee Andrea Constand. She has said Cosby drugged and fondled her in January 2004.

The criminal complaint and Constand's attorney, Dolores Troiani, confirmed that the criminal charges relate to Constand's case.

She was the first person to publicly allege sexual assault by Cosby.

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Bill Cosby Charged With 2004 Sexual Assault Of Andrea Constand. Will Be Arraigned Today {VIDEO}Bill Cosby charged with sexual assault on Andrea Constand at his mansion in 2004

  • Bill Cosby arrived at court smiling on Wednesday set to face sex assault charges stemming from a 2004 incident with Andrea Constand
  • He was carrying a cane with him and stumbled on the way in to court in Elkins Parks, Pennsylvania without his wife Camille by his side
  • The actor was released on $1million bail and was forced to hand over his passport but did not enter a plea with a preliminary hearing set for January 14 
  • Constand claims Cosby gave her three blue pills with wine one night at his mansion and then sexually molested her  
  • The charge against him is punishable by five to 10 years behind bars and a $25,000 fine
  • More than 50 women have come forward in the past year claiming they were drugged and sexually assaulted by Cosby 

Bill Cosby arrived to court smiling and carrying a cane to be arraigned on charges of sexual assault without his wife Camille by his side. 

Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his mansion in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania in January 2004.

The 78-year-old comedian previously said under oath that he had consensual sexual contact with Constand, the former director of operations for Temple's women's basketball team. 

The actor was released on $1million bail and was forced to hand over his passport but did not enter a plea on Wednesday afternoon, appearing in court for just five minutes. A preliminary hearing has been set for January 14.

He was also advised by Judge Elizabeth McHugh to avoid any contact with Constand. 

Montgomery County First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Steele announced the charge against Cosby at a press conference earlier that day, saying; 'The evidence is strong and sufficient to proceed at this point.'

The criminal complaint alleges that on the night in question Cosby told Constand to take three blue pills that left her feeling weak and then led her to a sofa where the assault took place.

When she woke up the next morning he gave her a muffin and sent her home.  

The charge against him is punishable by five to 10 years behind bars and a $25,000 fine. 

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Arriving alone: Bill Cosby arrived at court smiling on Wednesday set to face sex assault charges stemming from a 2004 incident with Andrea Constand with his lawyer Monique Pressley (right)

Arriving alone: Bill Cosby arrived at court smiling on Wednesday set to face sex assault charges stemming from a 2004 incident with Andrea Constand with his lawyer Monique Pressley (right)

No worries: He was carrying a cane with him and stumbled on the way in to court in Elkins Parks, Pennsylvania

Support system: Cosby was accompanied by his two attorneys in the case but not by his wife Camille 

Support system: Cosby was accompanied by his two attorneys in the case but not by his wife Camille 

Claims: Cosby previously said under oath that he had consensual sexual contact with Constand (above on Wednesday)

Claims: Cosby previously said under oath that he had consensual sexual contact with Constand (above on Wednesday)

He's arrived: Cosby lands his plane just outside Philadelphia preparing to surrender to the Montgomery County Distract Attorney

He's arrived: Cosby lands his plane just outside Philadelphia preparing to surrender to the Montgomery County Distract Attorney

Steele said at the press conference on Wednesday that Cosby made two failed sexual advances towards Constand before the incident now in question. 

The affidavit of probable cause describes both incidents, as well as the night of the alleged assault. 

Constand claims that the first time Cosby made an advance at her was after the two shared a meal at his house and were sitting on his sofa having a discussion.

That is when 'without warning, Cosby reached over and touched her pants, her waist, and her inner thigh,' according to the affidavit of probable cause.

THE WOMAN WHO TOOK COSBY DOWN: WHO IS ANDREA CONSTAND?

Andrea Constand grew up in Ontario, Canada playing basketball, a passion that eventually brought her to the United States. She was one of the best high school players in her country, and received a scholarship to play for Arizona in college. After college she played in Europe while trying to make her way into the WNBA, but was ultimately unsuccessful. Around this time she was asked if she had any interest working with the Temple University basketball team as director of operations for the women’s team. She accepted the job, and soon after met Bill Cosby for the first time.

She claims she then excused herself, went to the bathroom, gathered her things and left.

The next time he made an advance at her also occurred at his home in Elkins Park, and this time he  'unbuttoned her pants and began touching her,' according to the affidavit of probable cause.

Once again Constand claims she left soon after. 

Then, sometime between mid-January and mid-February 2004, the alleged sexual assault occurred. 

Constand claims she arrived at Cosby's home and was greeted by the actor, who was wearing a sweatsuit. 

The two spoke about Constand's future, and she told Cosby she was feeling 'drained' and 'emotionally occupied.' 

That is when Cosby allegedly went upstairs and returned with three blue pills. telling Constand; 'These will make you feel good. The blue things will take the edge off.'

Constand claims she then asked if the pills were herbal, to which Cosby replied; 'Yes. Down them. Put 'em down. Put them in your mouth.'

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Cosby then told Constand to have some wine, and soon after she began to have trouble speaking and seeing.

Cosby then allegedly told her to lie down on the couch, and soon after, according to the affidavit of probable hearing, was 'fondling her breasts, put his hands into her pants, and penetrated her vagina with his fingers.'

He also allegedly took her hand and placed it on his erect penis. 

Constand claims she woke up hours later around 4am and realized her bra was undone and above her breasts and that her sweater was bunched up.

As she made her way to the door she claims Cosby was standing there in a robe and holding a muffin, which he handed to her as she left while saying; 'Alright.'

An attorney for Constand said in a statement about the charges; 'We have the utmost confidence in Mr. Steele, Ms. Feden and their team, who have impressed us with their professionalism. 

'In that this matter is now being pursued in the criminal justice system, we will not comment further.' 

Constand meanwhile was seen out walking her dogs in Toronto on Wednesday with a giant smile shortly after the charge was announced against Cosby. 

Breaking the news: First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Steele (above) announces the felony charge of aggravated indecent assault against Cosby 

Breaking the news: First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Steele (above) announces the felony charge of aggravated indecent assault against Cosby 

Documents: The criminal complaint against Cosby that was filed on Wednesday (above)

Documents: The criminal complaint against Cosby that was filed on Wednesday (above)

Scene: Cosby's mansion in Elkins Park (above) where the assault took place

Andrea Constand
Andrea Constand

Allegations: Constand (above playing basketball in college and high school) claims Cosby gave her three blue pills with wine one night at his mansion and then sexually molested her

Constand later returned to her native Canada, where she reported the incident to police in January 2005.  

Authorities in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, followed up with an investigation after she reported the assault, but in February 2005 they declined to press criminal charges due to a lack of evidence.

The affidavit of probable cause also details an interview authorities had with Cosby about the alleged assault on January 26, 2005. 

Cosby said at that time he had given Constand Benadryl and then, according to the affidavit, 'they began to pet  (touching and kissing) and then he touched her bare breast and private parts.'

THE WOLF OF WALL STREET DRUG: WHAT ARE QUAALUDES?

Quaaludes (methaqualone) were first synthesized by scientists in the 1950s, and released in the 1960s in America as a more effective substitute for barbiturates, which were then a popular sleeping pill. 

They cause relaxation, sleepiness and occasionally a feeling of euphoria. 

The prescription pills are highly addictive and are not supposed to be taken in large quantities or while drinking alcohol. 

They take just 30 minutes to kick in and last for up to eight hours. 

At high doses it can cause severe confusion and an almost complete loss of muscle control.

The drug featured heavily in the 2013 movie the Wolf of Wall Street, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. 

Cosby claims that Constand did not ask him to stop at any point.

He then admitted to giving her a blueberry muffin and some tea when she awoke early the next morning.

He also said the two had 'petted and kissed' several times in the past, and that he 'liked the petting and touching.'

When asked if he had ever had sexual intercourse with Constand he said 'never asleep or awake.'

Constand then launched her civil suit against Cosby, a man she called her 'mentor,' in March 2005, after no criminal charges were filed against the actor.

Cosby settled that suit for undisclosed terms in 2006. 

Parts of Cosby's deposition from that lawsuit were unsealed earlier this year also, and reveal that thge actor admitted to obtaining Quaaludes to give to women.

Cosby testified in 2005 that in the 1970s he had obtained seven prescriptions for Quaaludes, the brand name for a sedative and muscle relaxant that was widely abused as a recreational drug in the 1970s - and which featured heavily in the movie, the Wolf of Wall Street

'When you got the Quaaludes, was it in your mind that you were going to use these Quaaludes for young women that you wanted to have sex with?' Cosby was asked in the 2005 deposition.

'Yes,' he replied. 

Asked whether he ever gave them to young women, his lawyers raised a lengthy series of objections. 

It was because these depositions were unsealed that prosecutors were able to reopen a case against Cosby.

Constand was re-interviewed after the case was opened and recalled a conversation she had with Cosby after the incident in which she claims to have told him 'you are a very sick man,' to which he agreed and repeatedly apologized. 

More than 50 women have come forward in the past year claiming they were drugged and sexually assaulted by Cosby, but this is the first criminal charge against the actor. 

Steele urged those women, and others, to come forward with their stories or any information they may have during Wednesday's press conference. 

In addition to denying the allegations of these women, Cosby has also recently come out and filed lawsuits against some of them for defamation, including model Beverly Johnson.

Vindication: Judd Apatow, one of Cosby's most vocal opponents over the past year, responded to the news that Cosby was being charged on Twitter

Vindication: Judd Apatow, one of Cosby's most vocal opponents over the past year, responded to the news that Cosby was being charged on Twitter

Bring them out: Apatow is hoping those that helped Cosby will also be brought forward and forced to testify 

Bring them out: Apatow is hoping those that helped Cosby will also be brought forward and forced to testify 

Judd Apatow, one of Cosby's most vocal opponents over the past year, responded to the news that Cosby was being charged on Twitter just a few hours after Wednesday's press conference.

'Bill Cosby has spent his life attempting to silence the women he has assaulted with threats, lawsuits and money,' wrote Apatow.

'Hopefully now many of these women will get to tell their stories in a court of law and the people who supported him will get deposed.' 

Steele, who will become the top prosecutor in January, said at the press conference; 'Reopening this case was not a question. Rather, reopening this case was our duty as law enforcement officers.'

Cosby and his lawyers have yet to comment on the charge.

Meanwhile, the charges against the actor will not see the closing of the art exhibit he funded and provided most of the art for at a Smithsonian museum.

Eddie Burke, a spokesman for the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art, said Wednesday that the exhibit will close as scheduled on January 24 and not any sooner, though he did add that the museum does not condone Cosby's alleged behavior.

About a third of the works on display in the exhibit come from Cosby and his wife Camille's private collection, and he also contributed a $716,000 gift.

The actor married Camille - who has stood by him throughout these allegations - in 1964, and the couple have three children; Erinn, Evin and Erica.

Their oldest son, Ennis, was shot dead while changing a tire in 1997 at the age of 27.

These allegations have had a major impact on Cosby's work over the past, with Netflix postponing the airing of his new comedy special, Bill Cosby 77, which was due to air the day after Thanksgiving last year, and NBC pulling the plug on a comedy project they were developing with the Cosby Show star.

TV Land also announced they will no longer air reruns of The Cosby Show on the network.

He still continued to tour doing stand-up shows for some time, but has since stopped and spends his time in seclusion at his estate in Massachusetts.

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Bill Cosby Sues Supermodel Beverly Johnson For Defamation Over Drugging Claim {VIDEO}

Bill Cosby was charged Wednesday with sexually assaulting a woman at his home 12 years ago — the first criminal charges brought against the comedian out of the torrent of allegations that destroyed his good-guy image as America's Dad.

The case sets the stage for perhaps the biggest Hollywood celebrity trial of the mobile-all-the-time era and could send the 78-year-old Cosby to prison in the twilight of his life and barrier-breaking career.

In bringing the case, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman overruled her predecessor, who declined to charge Cosby in 2005 when Temple University employee Andrea Constand first told police that the comic drugged her and violated her by putting his hands down her pants at his mansion in suburban Philadelphia.

Andrea Constand

Cosby was charged with aggravated indecent assault and was to be arraigned in the afternoon.

The TV star acknowledged under oath a decade ago that he had sexual contact with Constand but said it was consensual.

The charges were announced just days before the 12-year statute of limitations for bringing charges was set to run out.

Prosecutors reopened the case over the summer as damaging testimony was unsealed in Constand's related civil lawsuit against Cosby and as dozens of other women came forward with similar accusations that made a mockery of his image as the wise and understanding Dr. Cliff Huxtable from TV's "The Cosby Show."

Many of those alleged assaults date back decades, and the statute of limitations for bringing charges has expired in nearly every case.

Constand, who is now 42 and works as a massage therapist in her native Canada, is ready to face Cosby in court, her attorney, Dolores Troiani, said this fall.

"She's a very strong lady," Troiani said. "She'll do whatever they request of her."

The charges add to the towering list of legal problems facing the actor, including defamation and sex-abuse lawsuits filed in Boston, Los Angeles and Pennsylvania.

Cosby in 1965 became the first black actor to land a leading role in a network drama, "I Spy," and he went on to earn three straight Emmys. Over the next three decades, the Philadelphia-born comic created TV's animated "Fat Albert" and the top-rated "Cosby Show," the 1980s sitcom celebrated as groundbreaking television for its depiction of a warm and loving family headed by two black professionals — one a lawyer, the other a doctor.

He was a fatherly figure off camera as well, serving as a public moralist and public scold, urging young people to pull up their saggy pants and start acting responsibly.

Constand, who worked for the women's basketball team at Temple, where Cosby was a trustee and proud alumnus, said she was assaulted after going to his home in January 2004 for some career advice.

Then-District Attorney Bruce Castor declined to charge Cosby, saying at the time that both the TV star and his accuser could be portrayed in "a less than flattering light." This year, Castor said the allegations in Constand's lawsuit were more serious than the account she gave police, and if that information had been known at the time, "we might have been able to make a case."

Castor tried to make a comeback as district attorney in the November election but lost to Ferman's top deputy.

After the criminal case went nowhere, Constand settled her lawsuit against Cosby in 2006 on confidential terms.

Her allegations and similar ones from other women in the years that followed did not receive wide attention but exploded into view in late 2014, first online, then in the wider media, after comedian Hannibal Buress mocked Cosby as a hypocrite and called him a rapist during a standup routine. That opened the floodgates on even more allegations.

Women mostly from the world of modeling, acting or other entertainment fields came forward and described being offered a drink by Cosby and waking up to find they had apparently been sexually assaulted. Cosby, through his representatives, accused some of the women of trying to extract money from him or get ahead in show business.

Earlier this year, The Associated Press persuaded a judge to unseal documents from the Constand lawsuit, and they showed the long-married Cosby acknowledging a string of affairs and sexual encounters.

Cosby testified that he obtained quaaludes in the 1970s to give to women he wanted to have sex with. He denied giving women drugs without their knowledge and said he had used the now-banned sedative "the same as a person would say, 'Have a drink.'"

Bill Cosby

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Bill Cosby Countersues 7 Of His Sexual Assault Accusers {VIDEO}

Bill Cosby sued one of his most vocal accusers for defamation Monday, accusing supermodel Beverly Johnson of fabricating claims that the comedian drugged and tried to sexually assault her in the 1980s.

The lawsuit is part of a new legal strategy by Cosby to attack some of the women accusing him of sexual abuse in court. Cosby last week countersued several women accusing him of defamation, but the lawsuit against Johnson is the first time the comedian has taken legal action against a woman who hasn't sued him first.

Cosby's lawsuit accuses Johnson of lying about an incident in which she says Cosby drugged her with a cappuccino in his New York home before letting her go after she angrily rebuked his advances.

The suit contends Johnson, 63, has been using the story — first told in a Vanity Fair story and repeated in numerous interviews and a memoir — to try to rekindle her career.

Johnson's "false allegations against Mr. Cosby have been the centerpiece of her attempted resurgence and she has played them to the hilt, repeatedly and maliciously publishing the false accusations in articles, interviews, and television appearances," Cosby's lawsuit states.

It seeks unspecified damages and an injunction preventing the model from repeating her claims and requests they be removed from Johnson's memoir, which was released in August.

A call to Johnson's publicist Ann-Marie Nieves was not immediately returned.

Cosby's lawsuit states that a dinner described by Johnson was attended by his wife and he never spent time alone with the supermodel.

Cosby's response comes in the wake of counterclaims his attorneys filed last week in a Massachusetts federal court against seven women who are suing him there for defamation. Those women contend Cosby defamed them by allowing his representatives to brand them as liars.

In the countersuit, Cosby claims the women made "malicious, opportunistic, and false and defamatory accusations" of sexual misconduct against him that are "nothing more than an opportunistic attempt to extract financial gain from him."

Cosby is a defendant in six civil cases filed in Los Angeles, Massachusetts and Pittsburgh. Since late 2014, more than 50 women — most of whom have not sued — have accused the comedian of sexual abuse dating back decades. Cosby has never been criminally charged.

Cosby's attorneys on Friday asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit by Renita Hill, who lives near Pittsburgh and has accused the comedian of drugging and having sex with her several times after they met on a children's educational TV show in 1983.

She went public with her allegations in a KDKA-TV news interview on Nov. 20, 2014, and contends blanket denials that Cosby sexually abused women issued since by the comedian, his wife and his attorney make Hill out to be a "liar" and an "extortionist."

Cosby's attorneys noted that those denials didn't refer to Hill by name or otherwise identify her. And even if they did, they are protected speech, they contend.

That's because statements that Cosby's accusers have engaged in "innuendo" or are otherwise motivated by greed are mere opinions, according to Hill's legal request to dismiss the lawsuit.

"Opinion, as a matter of law, is constitutionally protected and cannot support a plaintiff's defamation claim," the request says.

"None of what's in Cosby's motion is of any surprise at all. These are the legal arguments we expected of him," Hill's attorney, George Kontos, said in an email Monday. "Renita's claims are viable both from a factual and legal standpoint, and we look forward to setting forth our position in the brief we will be filing with the court."

Cosby, 78, has yet to respond publicly to Hill's allegations that he drugged and had sex with her several times after they met on the TV show, "Picture Pages," in 1983. Hill claims that went on for about four years, starting when she was 16, and that Cosby helped pay for her college and would fly her to cities where he was performing and provide her with hotel rooms where he'd have sex with her, until she cut off contact with him.

On Monday, a Las Vegas casting agent named Kathrine McKee sued Cosby for defamation in Massachusetts federal court. Her suit, which she self-filed, claims Cosby's former attorney defamed her by denying her allegations that the comedian raped her in a Detroit hotel room in 1974. Cosby's attorney Monique Pressley did not immediately return an email seeking comment.

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Bill Cosby's Creepy 2003 Interview With Sofia Vergara Is Almost Unbearable To Watch {VIDEO}

On Monday, Bill Cosby struck back against his accusers, filing an answer and counterclaims against the plaintiffs in court. For Cosby, the best defense may ultimately be a good offense.

Cosby's counterclaims consist of 1) defamation per se; 2) defamation; 3) tortious interference; and 4) intentional infliction of emotional distress.

From a legal standpoint, it's a good strategy—albeit a "scorched earth" policy. His defense will attack the credibility of witnesses against him, seeking to prove they have intentionally fabricated these allegations for monetary gain. That theory of defense parallels his new counterclaims against the plaintiffs: that they are intentionally fabricating these claims for monetary gain. There's not really a lot of risk here for Cosby, either. Or, another way of looking at it: it couldn't make things any worse.

Here's how strong each of these counts are, taken slightly out of order.

Counterclaim 2: Defamation

To establish a defamation claim under Massachusetts law, four elements are required: (1) that the defendant made a statement, concerning the plaintiff, to a third party"; (2) that the statement was defamatory such that it could damage the plaintiff's reputation in the community; (3) that the defendant was at fault in making the statement; and (4) that the statement either caused the plaintiff economic loss, or is actionable without proof of economic loss.

Counterclaim 1: Defamation per se

That last part of the last element is also known as "defamation per se", which is actually Counterclaim 1. As a general rule, defamation requires proof that a plaintiff actually suffered a measurable economic loss. Your Aunt Edna's nasty rant about you on Facebook may have made you cry, but it probably didn't actually cost you money.

Even if you think it did, you aren't likely to hire an expensive expert to prove it cost you money, either. That's why many people threaten defamation lawsuits, but few actually file them. However, some defamation is considered so mean-spirited, so destructive, that a plaintiff can recover even without proof of economic loss. In Massachusetts, examples of defamation that can fall under this category are: 1) libel; 2) accusations of crimes; 3) accusations that plaintiff has certain diseases; and 4) statements that may prejudice the plaintiff's profession or business.

Counterclaim 3: Tortious interference

In order to make out a case for tortious interference with prospective contractual relations, a plaintiff has to prove: (1) plaintiff had a business relationship or contemplated contract; (2) the defendant knew about the relationship; (3) the defendant interfered with it through improper motive or means; and (4) the plaintiff's loss of advantage directly resulted from the defendant's conduct.

This might be more difficult for Cosby to prove. He probably had many then-existing and prospective deals in the entertainment business. However, he will have to prove that the accusers were specifically aware of these contracts, and that they acted intending to interfere with those contracts.

If Cosby losing these contracts was an unintended or unforeseeable consequence of the accusations, then this will be a difficult claim on which to prevail. Indeed, the accusers might counter that they had no economic incentive to interfere with his contracts—if anything, the more Cosby works...the more money is available to satisfy numerous judgments if his accusers were to win their lawsuits.

Counterclaim 4: Intentional infliction of emotional distress

Candidly speaking, in the world of lawsuits, Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, or "IIED" as it's called, is often just an afterthought; an add-on to a complaint. It always sounds great as a claim—who isn't emotionally distressed on some level by the person they have sued? Practically, however, it's not usually the strongest cause of action in a complaint, which is why it usually brings up the rear in the list of claims against a defendant.

To sustain a claim of intentional infliction of emotional distress, a plaintiff must show (1) that the defendant intended to cause, or should have known that his conduct would cause, emotional distress; (2) that the defendant's conduct was extreme and outrageous; (3) that the defendant's conduct caused the plaintiff's distress; and (4) that the plaintiff suffered severe distress.

The reason this is a tough one to win is because of the "extreme and outrageous" conduct standard. Courts have made clear that mere insults, indignities, threats, annoyances, petty oppressions, or other trivialities do not qualify.

Instead, "extreme and outrageous" is only where the conduct has been so outrageous in character, and so extreme in degree, as to go beyond all possible bounds of decency, and to be regarded as atrocious, and utterly intolerable in a civilized community. So in other words, it has to be really, really bad. Most conduct does not meet this high (or low, depending on how you view it) standard.

The best defense...a good offense?

Defamation cases are hard to win, but Cosby's defamation counterclaims in this case are his strongest.

Cosby's defense to these lawsuits is closely tied to his defamation counterclaims. Both will require him to show that his accusers are lying. While not as strong, this defense theory is also consistent with his other counterclaims. If Cosby is somehow able to prove that any accusers lied, he will still have to show that those deliberate fabrications and other conduct were intended to ruin his business relationships and cause him emotional distress.

As for his chances of prevailing? At first blush, it might seem hopeless for Cosby to actually sue his accusers. But consider this: The vast majority—if not all—of the evidence against him will be testimonial. Witness memory is notoriously fragile—and that's true even if it hasn't been eroded by the passage of decades. Also, witness credibility will be a factor, too.

Effective cross-examination can wilt the credibility of even seasoned, professional witnesses in front of a jury. If Cosby's lawyers are able to exploit inconsistencies and discredit memories of the accusers on cross examination, then he could, theoretically, pull off the improbable and turn this case around on the plaintiffs.

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LAPD Turns Over Case Of Bill Cosby's Alleged Sexual Assault Of Chloe Goins To The D.A. Charges Could Be Filed

Disgraced comedian Bill Cosby has been accused of drugging and sexually assaulting dozens of women.
As countless victims come forward, many schools and former allies have cut ties with the comedian, while some former co-stars have come forward to talk about uncomfortable encounters they had with Cosby.
And in a new clip unearthed by Latina, viewers get a chance to watch a creepy 2003 interview between Cosby and a then relatively unknown Sofia Vergara. Cosby was part of a group of hostsfilling in for David Letterman on "The Late Show" while Letterman dealt with health issues.

 

Every minute of the interview is unbearable, as Cosby stares down Vergara, commenting on everything from her outfit to the fact that she makes him "excited." And to make matters worse, Cosby plops down next to Vergara in a guest seat, instead of sitting at Letterman's desk.
"S-I-N is sin," Cosby says as Vergara looks on uncomfortably. "Men look at you, and they only think of sin ... Now what you have on tonight is wonderful. This is wonderful. And when you walked out, many, uh, many people became attentive."
Cosby continues, and begins to lean in closer to Vergara to speak to her.
"You make me feel young again," he says, speaking in a Spanish accent. "You make me feel very, um, excited. Look at me."
Vergara clearly tries to deflect his comments with laughter, but we can't shrug off our discomfort.
Watch the entire interview below:

After the video began circulating again, Vergara fired back at claims that she was another one of Cosby's victims.
A Spanish radio station tweeted out the below, which in English reads, "A video of an interview of Bill Cosby and a young Sofia Vergara came out. It's rumored if she could've been one of his victims."

Vergara tweeted back at the radio station, which in English reads, "Respect people. Stop making up nonsense." 

Cosby admitted in a 2005 deposition to drugging women with the intention of having sex with them. He has never been charged with a crime.

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Beverly Johnson To Bill Cosby: I Forgive You For Drugging Me (Video)

Bill Cosby could be facing criminal charges after the LAPD handed the District Attorney it's case of an alleged sexual assault against Chloe Goins.

Goins claims that in 2008 Cosby spiked her drink with drugs while at the Playboy Mansion. She reportedly blacked out and later woke up half naked to find the comedian licking her toes with his pants down around his ankles.

She was 18-years old at the time.

Out of the dozens of women who have accused Cosby of committing nefarious acts ranging from rape to sexual assault, Goins case stands out because it is the only one that falls within the statute of limitations for possible prosecution.

According to TMZ, Cosby's reps deny he was there at that time.

It's now up to the D.A. to decide whether or not Cosby will face charges.

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Zoë Kravitz Says Her Mom Lisa Bonet Is "Disgusted and Concerned" About Bill Cosby Rape Accusations (Video)

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35 of Bill Cosby's rape accusers come together in powerful magazine shoot to recount their experiences at the hands of America's once favorite dad

49 women to date have come forward with accusations that Bill Cosby drugged and raped them. It's gotten to the point where even those that have worked closely with him in the past are having doubts about his innocence.

35 Bill Cosby accusers posed for the cover of New York Magazine's July 27 issue.

During a new interview with The GuardianZoë Kravitz, spoke about her mom Lisa Bonet's take on the disturbing accounts being told by the alleged victims.

Zoë Kravitz

Bonet played one of Bill's daughter's on The Cosby Show from 1984-1991.

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  • Women came forward and agreed to be pictured for the publication 
  • Each one described their encounters with the disgraced TV star 
  • They include waitresses, actresses, Playboy bunnies and journalists
  • The brave group range in age from their early 20s to 80
  • They came forward a week after a shocking deposition from 2005 surfaced 
  •  Comedian admitted he gave quaaludes to women he had sex with 

Bill Cosby To Rape Victim Andrea Constand: "Tell Your Mom You Orgasmed So She Thinks It's Consensual" (Video)

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Comment by Andrew Walker on February 4, 2016 at 9:04pm
Isn't this double jeopardy?
Comment by Red Walker on January 9, 2016 at 7:34am

Nobody goes to jail when they lie, case just gets dismiss. That is why so many people quick to lie to get fame or money. If they start locking people up for lying it would be justice in this system. What they don't get when a person lie on you it can destroy your life even if you are not guilty. Once it comes out that they story don't check out at all. Like lying you was with Bill Crosby on a night he was in another state and never on the list at the event you claim he was there they should go to jail. All you F****** dumb ass mother f****** who still believe Bill Crosby did this after doing your research because alot of these women testimony is online clearly lying. So sad they should go to jail.

Comment by Ab Gai on January 9, 2016 at 2:41am
*jail
Comment by Ab Gai on January 9, 2016 at 2:41am
@Red Walker
You are so right. There is no way a black man could even stare at a white woman in the 60s or 70s and felt scared to tell the nearest white man about it. Emmett whistle at a white womam and look what happened to him.

When this is all done and they prove once and for all that confirm that these women straight up lie, will these women go to hail or even apologize to Camille or even bill?????
Comment by Red Walker on January 9, 2016 at 2:27am

ALL THOSE B****** ARE LAIRS, FIRST SHE SAID SHE WAS 18 YEARS OLD AND THEN SHE SAID SHE WAS 17 YEARS OLD. THEN SAID IT WAS AT THE PLAYBOY MADISON AND HE WAS NOT EVEN ON THE LIST THAT SUMMER. AND EVERYBODY BELIEVE IT BECAUSE 50 WOMEN SAID. THERE IS NO F****** WAY AND BLACK MAN BACK IN THE 6O GETTING AWAY WITH RAPING ALL THOSE WHITE WOMEN. IT WAS ALL ABOUT THE MONEY. BILL SHOULD BE SUEING THEM.

Comment by AfricanGoddess on January 8, 2016 at 2:35am

THE MEDIA ROLE IN THE LYNCHING....

What The Media Didn't Want You To See Part 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cphJJMJyIJA

What The Media Didn't Want You To See Part 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiuNbcZHB-c

What The Media Didn't Want You To See Part 3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yToaTCqbslc

Comment by rashid rourk on January 7, 2016 at 11:02pm

Big Shot  I read somewhere that what was suppose to be mind altering drugs, he gave out probiotics ; if I can find it again I'll post it.  You keep hearing he gave these women quaaludes, what you don't hear this drug was banned in 1983. How did he get prescriptions for a banned drug?

Comment by Big Shot... on January 7, 2016 at 7:53pm

@Tall Island Girl I ran across that story also. It was holes all in those claims too. Its like the people she was working with was trying to figure out a way to pin him down. they changed ages times dates and all. Its all garbage. They published a clip of Cosby saying he got Quaalude, but never bothered to say which was on the next page, pg#2, Constand asked him to get them and he had never used them or had them in his possession before. They are clearly tryin to take him down. Hes too rich, smart and determined. Thats true power.. I even heard before all of this he was gonna attempt a race for the white house. Think about that. He was the #1 most trusted face for advertisements #1, now automatically 2000. Him being at number 1 almost assured him getting in the white-house cause he was the most trusting face. Look around, no one could have beat him. No one trusts anyone running right now actually. But he'll never get that now, its too much to fight through.

Comment by Big Shot... on January 7, 2016 at 7:42pm

@AfricanGoddess Everything youve said is fact.I agree to the letter... Some dont get it and never will. This is not about any women's heart felt tales and stories. This is about history. And speaking of such, thats all we have to do in order to understand what everyone is really about. Cosby's done way too much to further black people here in America, those failed actresses/model chicks spent their lives trying to land a lucky deal, self stardom, party to the top taking a gamble with life. Previous extortion attempts, criminal records, history of drugging, sexing him knowing he was married, are we to believe these types of women when they have so much dirty laundry yet not one piece of proof / evidence? Sorry I think not. They rolled the dice with that industry and simply just crapped out thats all. Threres 1000's of them out here.

No type of evidence? None? How is that possible? Out of 50+ women? What are the chances? Then all of them waited all of this time? Really? A coincidence? So its all a coincidence that each one of them waited this long and did all of the same things abnormal in these cases? Who repeatedly goes back to get drugged then raped, then drugged again and re-raped, back to be raped again. Some for several years. Its total bullsh*t...

Comment by Lynn on January 7, 2016 at 8:17am
They would have to charge me with contempt because there is no way I would assist them in the prosecution /persecution of my husband. That is part of their plan of humiliation by dragging his wife into it . I thought it was the law that a wife cannot testify against her husband.

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